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A U.S. Navy civilian was in police custody Friday on suspicion of injuring a Japanese man outside a Yokosuka bar, according to Japanese police.

Robert Burns Nolan, 54, a Commander, Naval Forces Japan headquarters personnel manager, was arrested. He is accused of pushing and injuring a 70-year-old Japanese man outside the Live Bar Buzz around 6:40 p.m. Thursday, a Yokosuka police spokeswoman said.

According to police, the Japanese man was drunk and causing a ruckus at the bar Nolan managed. After the man did not stop when bar workers asked him to, Nolan allegedly took him outside and pushed the man, who fell and injured his head, the spokeswoman said.

The Japanese man “had come to the bar several times before and had caused trouble,” she said.

The man fractured the back of his head and suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage, she said, adding that he remains conscious and can talk but is in serious condition.

U.S. Navy officials confirmed Friday that a civilian CNFJ employee was arrested Friday and that they’re cooperating with the investigation.

“The Navy is concerned about the injuries suffered by the Japanese citizen during the incident and fervently wishes for his speedy and complete recovery,” Navy officials said in a statement issued Friday. “When the investigation is completed, appropriate actions will be taken.”

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.
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